When Food Becomes a Point of Anxiety…

Food can become such a point of anxiety – not because it’s food, but just because you have anxiety. That’s how eating disorders develop. Vanessa Carlton

Meditation: Eating disorders are a reality for many teenagers and adults. Many girls/women (and also some boys/men) struggle with a disturbed relationship with food and with their own bodies. Often this disorder origins in fear. The fear to be too fat. Fear not to be good enough. Fear to lose control. Fear to not measure up. Feelings of loneliness and behaviors of isolating often accompany eating disorders. My own eating disorder began at the age of 13. I struggled with anorexia. After becoming very sick, I did agree to gain enough weight to not kill or endanger my body. However, the disturbance of my relationship with food did not heal until I entered therapy at the age of 29. When my daughter recently told me that she struggles in her relationship with food and wanted support, I enrolled her in an intensive eating disorder recovery program. Here she learns about her anxieties and how they manifest in her eating habits. She has been going for three weeks and has three more weeks to go. Then, she will receive ongoing weekly support. The program is definitely helping. Please, if you know a teenager or you yourself are struggling with an eating disorder, get support right away. You do not have to wait for sixteen years to get the help you need. You do not have to live hidden, afraid and ashamed. Help is available today!

Prayer: Gracious God, you see those who struggle in their relationship with food. I pray for all who are addicted to eating or to avoiding food. I pray that no shame can keep persons with an eating disorder to ask for help. You want to help us with our fears.  We can learn to turn to you and to therapists and friends for support. We can recover and not having to abuse food or our bodies as a substitute for love, support and friendship. And I am grateful. Amen

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8